Managing Flickr contacts

Just before the end of the year it’s always good idea to clean up your old stuff. On modern times it also includes some web services your are probably using.

Almighty photo-app Flickr is one of the most frequently used tool by me, for uploading my (daily) shots, finding Creative Commons licensed works or for browsing to find some inspirational moments.

By the end of this year I’ve managed to find nearly 80 people around the Flickr whom I call “contact”. Some of them are listed only because of my interest to them, others are friends and colleagues, former students etc.

It would be lovely if there were really easy method for bulk managing them, as there are for photos. Actually Flickr is somewhere in the middle – there aren’t toggle all buttons but as I’m moving my cursor on the user icon of my contact, a pop-up will be shown. It announces me that user is on my contact list, there’s a shortcuts to his or her photostream, sets, galleries and so on. The last option is to block this user.

Why block? During this period I’ve used Flickr, I’ve never blocked users. My block list is still empty and to be honest I’ve no idea why should I even use this option. More often I would use an option to delete certain user from my contact list. Social networking engine Elgg is actually integrated very similar user management pop-up to their views and with an option to remove user from contact list (or friend list, as used in Elgg).


Usability workshop with Alastair Campbell

Yesterday morning I was lucky to attend on a very informative and interesting workshop held by Best Marketing. International University Audentes was hosting usability and accessibility expert Alastair Campbell from Nomensa.

Although Alastair’s slaides were uploaded to the web (Usability and IA), I did some rough notes on a paper as well and I would love to share those with those lost souls who are reading this blog here:

Firstly, marketing and usability are very closely related and very often people are claiming these are almost the same things. Slight different between those two are that when marketing concerns about 5 major topics, which are (in terms of website usability and marketing):

  • Who search your site
  • How many users choose your site out of the search results
  • How many of those get past the first page
  • How many of those are actually starting a process

and finally

  • complete the process

… then usability people are actually interested in three last ones.

Development process – more you can do earlier is better. Hard to follow, I know.

Organisation layout and system do not equal its website structure. Website is for users, who are not looking for complex structure and menus, they are scanning for only bits of information.

There are tens (probably hundreds) of CMS out there. Choosing appropriate one is difficult and what it makes this situation even worse is that there is no perfect one. You might find one which is very easy to implement and very flexible in the same time but its interface is far away from usable. Or its having an usable interface and its flexible enought for extensions and widgets but implementing or even installation is a pain. You can actually choose only 2 out of 3 good options.

And finally, as I actually mentioned before, do not assume that people actually read your content :]

Here you can find Alastair’s blog post with links and other resources he mentioned in the workshop.